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Atlanta Convention Explores Diversity In Art And Film

A flyer promotes the 10th annual Onyxcon, which will take place Saturday and Sunday in Atlanta at the Fulton County Southwest Arts Center. An opening ceremony, including an art exhibition and film festival, will be held Friday.
A flyer promotes the 10th annual Onyxcon, which will take place Saturday and Sunday in Atlanta at the Fulton County Southwest Arts Center. An opening ceremony, including an art exhibition and film festival, will be held Friday.
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Looking for something to do this weekend? Stop by a comics convention that celebrates African-American artists and filmmakers.

The 10th annual Onyxcon will be held in Atlanta at the Fulton County Southwest Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday. An opening ceremony, including an art exhibition and film festival, will be held Friday.

The opening ceremony is free to the public, says Onyxcon founding president Joseph Wheeler. General admission for the rest of the convention is $15 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Wheeler expects 500 to 600 attendees and more than 40 vendors at the convention. Artists of many talents will be celebrated, including comic book creators, video game creators, coloring book artists, novelists and more.

DJ Zano also will be at the convention for a live performance.

Celebrating Atlanta’s Film Industry

The film festival will include a screening of "BOSS." (Courtesy of Onyxcon)
The film festival will include a screening of “BOSS.” Onyxcon also will celebrate the box office hit “Black Panther” and the CW TV show “Black Lightning.” (Courtesy of Onyxcon)

The convention honors Atlanta’s film industry in a number of ways.

Onyxcon will celebrate the box office-busting movie “Black Panther” and the CW TV show “Black Lightning.” Both were filmed in Atlanta.

The film festival on Friday will show a movie that was created by Wheeler and other Atlanta-based filmmakers called “BOSS.”

Wheeler says “BOSS” is basically a “metaphor for (his) running Onyxcon” in this midst of internal and external challenges. Wheeler says it’s full of special effects and the subject matter deals with how people get lost in the negativity of social media and politics but find hope in art.

And that’s the hope he tries to bring to the convention this weekend.

Cosplay 

Like other comics, pop culture and sci-fi conventions, cosplay will be a part of Onyxcon, too. Come dressed up as your favorite character.

“It’s all about fun,” Wheeler said.

He invites all people to come to celebrate diversity.